Hometown Senior Living Management Team

To ensure a consistently high standard of quality care for our residents, Hometown Senior Living employs Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA’s) and trained caregivers as our direct care staff. In addition to this certification, our Resident Assistants receive initial and continuing training and education in core assisted living competency subjects. Our Resident Assistants also receive specialized training in memory care, challenging behaviors, and hospice care.

Resident Assistants at Hometown Senior Living are the heart and soul of our company. They are the direct care providers who ensure the safety, well-being and overall care for your loved ones.

Maggie Valen
Director of Operations
Maggie has been with Hometown Senior Living for over 7 years and has held the following positions along the way: caregiver, Lead Caregiver, Home Manager, Assistant Director of Operations. As the Director of Operations, she is responsible for overseeing the Belmont, Crest View, Eagan, and Rosemount homes in regard to the daily function, care, and employee management. As a part of the team, she also assists in supervising the Operations of the Campus locations.Maggie likes HSL because of the smaller, more intimate home atmosphere that we provide. She enjoys being able to build relationships with the residents and being able to teach the staff to do the same under the high staff to resident ratio that we are able to maintain in the smaller environment. Maggie is drawn to senior care because she values being able to help seniors maintain their dignity as they age and be able to enjoy their later years.

Amanda Rowles
RN Case Manager/Nursing Dept. Supervisor
Amanda’s health care career began as a Personal Support Staff in 2007. There, she worked with verbal and non-verbal adults and children with cognitive, physical, and functional disabilities. She obtained her Certified Nursing Assistant Certification in 2008, working for eleven years as an aid. As a CNA, she was an In-Home Care Manager. In addition, she cared and advocated for a variety of complex patients in the float pool, visiting different facilities around the Twin Cities area. Amanda graduated from nursing school in 2019 from Metropolitan State University with her Associate’s Degree in Nursing. Advancing her education, she now holds a Bachelor in Science of Nursing Degree (2020). As a nurse, Amanda has worked with pediatrics and geriatrics while specializing in respiratory (ventilator) support. Her primary roles with Hometown are Case Management, coordinating care, collaboration with outside services and family members, medication management, and education for residents and staff. Amanda is passionate about patient care and advocacy and goes the extra mile for her residents. We are fortunate to have her leading the nursing department at HSL!

Kayla Ruddle
PT Casual RN
Kayla has always had a passion to be a nurse since she was a young girl in grade school. She loved helping others and caring for her grandparents in any way she could as a girl. Kayla has always been drawn to anything medical and decided to pursue health care by obtaining her CNA license in 2017. Kayla found her lifelong passion while working as a CNA in memory care. This confirmed her interests and led her to work toward becoming a nurse as she had always dreamed. Kayla started nursing school at Inver Hills Community College & graduated with her Associate’s Degree in nursing, May 2019. At this time, Kayla worked at a skilled nursing facility. While working as an RN in a nursing home after graduating, Kayla went on to obtain her Bachelor’s Degree in nursing at Metropolitan State University. She wanted to apply her healthcare experience & higher education by working at Hometown Senior Living. Nursing is her true passion she feels blessed that her dreams became her reality. We are excited to have her on the Hometown Team!

Andrea De La Luz, LPN
Campus Floor Manager & Educator
Andrea is excited to join HSL and share her experience in healthcare, as well as learn new skills in Residential/AL. Her background includes 18 years of healthcare experience doing transcription, billing, coding, scheduling, worked closely with insurance companies and specialty providers. She has worked in hospitals, emergency rooms, clinics, TCUs, and IL/AL facilities and has supervised staff and worked alongside them. Her favorite concept of nursing is that it’s ever-evolving and there’s always something new to learn and do. Resident care is her number one priority and she looks forward to bringing her passion and experience in nursing to the team.

Marilee DeMars
Finance Administrative Assistant and Benevolence Fund Liason
Marilee comes to us with a background in banking and small business finance. She brings a wealth of knowledge and skills in regard to bookkeeping, payroll, banking, reconciliation, audits, and administrative support. Her skills in this area are highly valued, but her integrity and passion for her job is a true asset to our admin team. She loves people and loves numbers – so she feels she hit the jackpot with this job! When asked what she likes about working for Hometown she said “This company has a mission statement that includes the line, “Hometown Senior Living ultimately exists to honor and glorify God by providing loving care to those whom He has created and entrusted to us.” And Hometown Senior Living fulfills this pledge – both to the residents and to the employees!”Marilee also serves as the Benevolence Fund Liason. The Benevolence Fund exists to come alongside employees during times of hardship with resources to support and relieve stress from circumstances beyond their control. If you would like more info regarding the Fund, please email Marilee at mdemars@hometownseniorliving.com

Lee Anne Graetz
Director of Operations

Cheyanne Schmitt
HR Manager
Cheyanne has worked for Hometown Senior Living for almost 6 years and was promoted to the HR Manager position in 2021. She has worked as a caregiver, a Home Manager, and the Activity Coordinator and has done a wonderful job at all levels. Cheyanne sites that Hometown’s mission statement is similar to her own personal mission and strives to provide quality and compassionate care to our residents. She values the senior population and is inspired by hearing their life stories. From a young age, she has been exposed to a variety of generations. When she was just 3 years old, her family was visiting a nursing home. Cheyanne walked up to a woman to comfort her, rubbed her arm, and said, “It’s OK, I’m here now,” and her passion for comfort has never waned. She feels that senior care is her destiny. She is drawn to work with Hometown Senior Living because of the opportunity to get to know the seniors and to show staff how to have fun at work by serving seniors well.She is excited to be leading the HR department and seeking out people that care for seniors as much as she does. She has an associate degree in business management and is excited to be putting her skills to use to make a difference in the lives of seniors through recruitment and management of staff.

Elizabeth Hendricks
Finance Executive
Elizabeth has 15 years of experience in the day-to-day financial management of small to mid-size companies. She has extensive training in financial management software and financial compliance. She is responsible for all daily aspects of finance at Hometown including Billing Services, payroll administration, daily budgeting, and benefits administration. Her prior experience also includes Director of Operations in a staging company and she uses this experience and the training received therein to manage the aesthetic environment of the Hometown Senior Living homes. She is drawn to enriching the experience of the employee group at Hometown and is therefore driven in engaging employees via benefits that can be used to improve lives and reach goals.

Laurie Gunter
Executive Administrative Assistant
Laurie Gunter is an invaluable part of our administrative team, providing administrative support to Marketing, Operations, Human Resources, and Finance. The 2018 recipient of the Hometown Mission and Values Award – Laurie has displayed a steadfastness in belief and support of the Hometown Mission Statement. Her background includes many facets of the long-term care industry including caregiving, management, scheduling, human resources, licensing, and training to name just a few. Laurie spent a lot of time with her great-grandmothers while she was growing up and this inspired a passion for senior care in her life. She began working as a CNA when she was young and enjoys providing specialized care through getting to know the people for which she cares. Laurie has been in the long-term care industry for 30 plus years and says “I feel that Hometown really cares about the residents, families, and their employees more than any other company I have worked for. I am grateful to have found and work for Hometown Senior Living.”

Butch Hendricks
Asset Manager
Butch has 40 years of building maintenance and asset experience and is trained, and certified where applicable, in both major and minor home systems. He is passionate about senior care and loves to listen to their life experiences. He deeply cares about the safety and well-being of our residents and is motivated by that to ensure their environment is suited to their needs and comforts. Butch is a 2020 recipient of the Hometown Mission and Values Award.

Lora Cobb
Assistant Asset Manager
Lora has worked in the customer service industry for 25+ years. She started with Hometown part-time, helping to care for the summer flowers and cleaning offices. She now works FT in an asset management position and is responsible for the care and maintenance of our homes. After many changes in her life, she felt led to make a change after working in a biblical counseling ministry in her church. An opportunity arose for a full-time position in asset management and she felt that was a great fit! She enjoys interacting with the residents while she is caring for the homes. Lora says “I have a servant’s heart, and I love to invest time in people! My most memorable day was singing to a resident who was near the end of her life and I can’t even sing. I am pleased that I can share my faith openly. This is so much more than a job to me.” Lora’s heart for people makes her a great team member and we are honored that she has partnered with us in pursuit of our mission. Lora is a 2020 recipient of the Hometown Mission and Values Award.

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